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Mad Monster, The

Published 1942
Topics horror

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Producer Sigmund Neufeld
Production Company Producers Releasing Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Johnny Downs .... Tom Gregory
George Zucco .... Dr. Lorenzo Cameron
Anne Nagel .... Lenora Cameron
Glenn Strange .... Petro
Sarah Padden .... Grandmother
Gordon De Main .... Prof. Fitzgerald
Mae Busch .... Susan
Reginald Barlow .... Prof. Warwick
Robert Strange .... Prof. Blaine
Henry Hall .... Country Doctor
Ed Cassidy .... Father
Eddie Holden .... Jed Harper
John Elliott .... Prof. Hatfield
Slim Whitaker .... Officer Dugan
Gil Patric .... Detective Lieutenant


Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2013
Subject: Howl
Another PRC cheapie about a mad scientist (who yes, laughs maniacally at given intervals) who perfects a serum to turn a man into a "wolf". His unwilling subject, a slow gardener named Pedro (or "Peedro" as pronounced by a one character) spouts the usual facial hair and fangs, and seems to be nonplussed about why he's fully dressed and knows to go home to his master whenever he's done killing people. The police of course, are BAFFLED at all these murders. Fairly incompetent, but totally fun watching, as ridiculousness piles up (such as a jungle/forest populated only by wolves. Fun stuff.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2012
Subject: Hypodermic Needles & Hairballs
NOTE: A smaller primary file with okay quality is here:

Atmospheric swamps are the setting for this tale of scientific madness. A bit slow moving at times, but there are definite compensations. George Zucco goes nicely over the top as a whacko scientist bent on revenge. However, the main attraction is Glenn Strange as a simpleton gardener turned hairy werebeast. As usual he's a hoot and a half. The versatile Sarah Padden has a minor role as a pipe smoking backwoods granny. Typical of PRC, the sets and other production values are first class by B-feature standards. The print is in okay shape. If mad science is your thing, check this one out.
Reviewer: ClocksnAle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2010
Subject: Tom Gregory the Reporter (Johnny Downs)
As a footnote, Johnny Downs (1913-1994), who plays reporter Tom Gregory, was an early cast member of Hall Roach's "Our Gang" comedies. Downs, son of a U.S. Navy aviator, played the affable and entertaining "Johnny" in 24 two-reeler "Our Gang" silent short subjects between 1923 and 1927. During his stint at Roach Studios, the ten-year old Downs became fast friends with little Mary Kornman, an original "Our Gangs" cast member with famous golden curls. They remained close friends for life. Downs went on to cultivate his innate singing and dancing skills in both vaudeville and on the Broadway stage. He used these developed talents to good effect in a number of Hollywood "college musicals" in the latter 1930's. Downs drifted into newfangled television in the 1950's and found his niche as an immensely popular host of a children's cartoon and "Our Gang" rerun show broadcast in the local San Diego-California market. This work he did for 17 years.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2010
Subject: Worth Watching
There isn't a wasted scene in this above average old-style monster movie. George Zucco, Anne Nagel, and Glenn Strange (who played Frankenstein's monster in both House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula) give good performances. Spooky, primeval sets and doleful organ music are a plus.

I downloaded the 512Kb MPEG4. Video and audio quality are Ok.
Reviewer: moonvisage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2008
Subject: the mad monster
excellent movie.the lighting effects throughout the entire last third of the film,is as good as any top universal horror's a joy to see little gems like this.
Reviewer: bestpbx - - April 6, 2008
Subject: Mad? Naw, he's not even mildly irritated.
He did look a little embarassed to be seen in this movie though.
Reviewer: TheMonsterMaker0fThe40's - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2008
Subject: The Mad Monster
I think this is a very good movie. I like the make-up for Glen Strange and George Zucco gives us a great performance1
Reviewer: clemenza44 - favoritefavorite - June 29, 2007
Subject: I have to admit...
I enjoyed this movie when I saw it first a long time ago. Now, I can barely get through it. George Zucco has always been a fun actor, but this quickie just isn't one of the best. I don't hate it at all though.
Reviewer: jimelena - favorite - November 13, 2006
Subject: Come again?
The movie starts with a guy tied up in a dungeon with a coyote.
The mad scientist asks him if he is afraid.
"I ain't got no reason to be afraid".
Now you know why the monster is mad.
Reviewer: EsTiSi - favoritefavorite - June 3, 2005
Subject: barely viewable
I'll point out that there are moments in this film in which the lead mad scientist's performance are interesting, perhaps even compelling. There are other moments when it is not. The rest of the cast deliver deadline flat characters acting in a poorly constructed world.
Reviewer: old_scifi_freak - favoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: Worst Mad Scientist ever!
This movie moves as quick as a Corman film. A disgruntled scientist takes revenge on his peerÃÂs by transforming his unbeleavalely dumb gardener into a werewolf. As the werewolf carries out his campaign of off-screen carnage, a Jimmy Olsen (?) type reporter is tracking down the stories of a strange creature killing people. And at the same time the scientist daughter is oblivious to her fatherÃÂs madness and defends his scientific credibility till the end. Some how it has a happy ending, but I keep falling asleep and missing the end.

Be sure to look for these exciting scenes:

A girl playing with a ball!
A dumb guy talking while strapped to a table!
Flashbacks of the Mad Scientist being made fun of!
And the end credits
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